COVID-19: What Can You Do About It



President Trump has declared the US to be in a state of emergency. You've heard the hygiene and isolation measures but what more can you do?


As we were saying goodbye to 2019, a new menace was beginning to brew in the Hubei province of the People's Republic of China.


In December 2019, in the capital city of Wuhan, a new virus (2019-nCoV) was first isolated from 3 patients diagnosed with pneumonia [1].


While the majority of the cases were associated with a single seafood market, by January 2020 a total of 198 cases of this new coronavirus was reported with 3 deaths [2].


As of this post, there are currently 2,269 number of people infected with COVID-19 in the United States with 48 confirmed deaths [3].


As the world watches this infection unfold, holding our collective breath, many of us are reminded of the most recent world health crises in the past: SARS, the Bird Flu, and Swine Flus of the past.


But is COVID-19 different? Does it have the potential to become a pandemic similar to the 1918 flu pandemic where upwards of 500 million people died worldwide?


Health officials seem to think so with the World Health Organization declaring this new coronavirus a pandemic.


While COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-19) may not be a pandemic like the 1918 fu yet, the potential is certainly there.


While health officials are rightfully emphasizing prevention with proper hygiene and isolation techniques, is there anything else that can be done to prevent or lessen an infection?


While none of these have been specifically studied in COVID1, they have been studied in the coronavirus family that COVID19 belongs to.


And it is always smart to keep your immune strong and healthy.

So while the FDA hasn’t approved of any of these recommendations, fortunately, there are still a number of natural options available for you.



Zinc

Zinc deficiency is unfortunately common in the developing world but did you know that you can have less than optimal zinc intake in developed nations like the United States?


This is especially true for those whose primary source of food is grain based.


Since zinc is more bioavaliable (more readily able to be used by the body) in animal products than plants, those who eat cereals as their primary food source are more likely to be at risk of insufficient zinc intake [4].


This is because phytate or phytic acid, the storage form of phosphorus, is present in cereals like rice and corn. It inhibits zinc absorption.


But how does zinc help to fight against coronavirus?


Zinc blocks the replication of the coronavirus [5]. It basically inhibits a key enzyme which coronavirus uses to create copies of itself. This helps to prevent it from multiplying and attacking your immune system.


The RDA (recommended daily allowance) of zinc for men is 11mg/day and for women 8mg/day. The optimal daily allowance of zinc can be up to 20mg/day depending on your diet and specific health issues.


Be wary of taking too much zinc since it can cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, anemia, and copper deficiency.